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Weardale Way closed near Durham City

Landslip on the Weardale Way at Pelaw Wood, Durham City © Metaforz Photography 2013Due to a series of recent landslips, Durham County Council have had to prevent access to the riverside pathway in Pelaw Woods near Durham City on Section 10 of the Weardale Way between Page Bank and Durham City. A second footpath, which runs parallel will also be closed while the investigations are completed and engineers have established that the ground has stabilised. Work is expected to take a number of months. Unfortunately, the footpath on the opposite riverbank at Maiden Castle has also been subject to flood damage and collapse in recent years and work is currently under way to make that path safe resulting in a further temporary closure although work, in this case, is only expected to last for two weeks. More details are available in this DCC press release. As a result, significant detours will be necessary for the period of the respective works and these are shown on the map.